'''René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke''' (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926)—better known as '''Rainer Maria Rilke''' ()—was a Bohemia
poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets",
[[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rainer-maria-rilke Biography: Rainer Maria Rilke 1875–1926] on the Poetry Foundation website. Retrieved 2 February 2013.]
writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical".
[See Müller, Hans Rudolf. ''Rainer Maria Rilke als Mystiker: Bekenntnis und Lebensdeutung in Rilkes Dichtungen'' (Berlin: Furche 1935). See also Stanley, Patricia H. "Rilke's ''Duino Elegies'': An Alternative Approach to the Study of Mysticism" in Heep, Hartmut (editor). ''Unreading Rilke: Unorthodox Approaches to a Cultural Myth'' (New York: Peter Lang 2000).] [Freedman, Ralph.... ]